Larimore House Plantation
I could not have asked for anything more, the wedding was wonderful. I am so glad that we picked Larimore for our wedding. We got exceptional service from the staff. My wedding was outside and thankfully we were able to get married in front of the beautiful gazebo. I liked working with Dena, she handled the details on the day of the wedding and I worried about nothing!!! I would recommend this venue to anybody gettting married. Katrina & John
I am so happy my fiancé and I chose to get married and celebrate at the Laromore House! It was the perfect venue to hold our vintage ceremony and reception. Our day went off without a hitch and our guests were so pleased with the Larimore House's grounds and amenities. Dena allowed me to be creative as I wanted to be while being so flexible and accommodating. If you are the less creative type, Dena is there to assist you in every detail! I highly recommend the Larimore House!
Our daughter had an afternoon wedding at the Larimore House Plantation today! we couldn't be more pleased. Dena helped us plan a wonderful wedding . She made sure everything went as scheduled and our guest were so impressed with the venue! Thank you for making our daughters wedding a dream come true!
ABSOLUTELY have your wedding and/or reception here!! I suppose I would like to start by saying "THANK YOU!" From the time I met Dena, I thought she was great! She is always smiling and cheerful. Through every twist and turn of the planning process, she was there answering my questions quickly by either email or a pleasant phone call. Anytime we stopped by to go over details or to just take a look around, her and her husband, Allen, would take time to chat with us, tell us about their beautiful historical property, or just talk to us about marriage, kids and life. We have grown to respect them for what they do for their clients and who they are as people. As far as the actual day went, I could not have asked for anything better!!! We started off our reception (our wedding was held at a Cathedral, due to Catholic rules) by greeting our guests in front of the beautiful house with hors d'oeuvres and punch. Our guests kept telling us how beautiful the property was and they were so impressed that St. Louis offered such a unique venue. Allen and Dena also worked with us and allowed us to set up croquet, bag toss and washers for our guests to entertain themselves with if they so chose (they also let my mom put up a snack table in the bar area filled with homemade treats!). The grounds also provided a stunning backdrop for many of our cherished wedding photos. Once we were announced into the reception, our guests were served a spinach salad (we have had multiple requests by guests to see if we can get a hold of the dressing recipe!) followed by apricot chicken or sliced beef with new potatoes and vegetable medley. We are still receiving compliments about the food, all saying it was the best wedding food they had ever experienced!! The cake was amazing as well, made by Wedding Wonderland (Cherry Chip, Marble & Lemon). Even the DJ (All About Music) was fantastic! He ended the reception with "American Pie" to which all the guests sang along! It was perfect!!!
Amazing! From start to finish Dena made me feel comfortable, answered all questions, and went above and beyond to make our wedding perfect. They did everything possible so that we could have our ceremony outside, which the weather cooperated for just long enough for some pictures and the ceremony itself! The grounds are gorgeous for photos, the indoor and outdoor ceremony locations are beautiful, and their staff was very professional. Our guests were so impressed by the location and couldn't stop gushing about how great the food was. Thank you for everything!!!
-Kristen and Brad Conard
Larimore House Plantation provided an idyllic setting for my August 4th wedding. As an out-of-town bride, Dena worked within my schedule and was able to complete the majority of the arrangements over the phone or through e-mail. If I had any question or request, she and her staff promptly responded. Despite raining all morning on my wedding day, Larimore made sure that everything ran smoothly, so I could have the outdoor wedding of my dreams. My guests constantly commented on how beautiful everything looked and how smoothly everything ran. When it came time for the reception, I didn't really have to think about anything other than enjoying their delicious food and greeting my guests. I would recommend this venue to both my friends and family because of how easy and well-run everything is.
The only thing I would have changed about the entire day was being able to have had the reception last 1 more hour. With doing all the traditional formalities would have liked a little more time to dance at the end.
Also, our officiant and his wife did not get served dinner because we didn't have their names on our list. I wished I would have known this at the time because I would have paid for their dinners if I would have known. I'm not sure, but I thought we had included them in our numbers, but just didn't have them on our list. I was embarrassed when I found out later. I just wished it would have been brought to my attention that there was a problem.
Overall, was very happy with Larimore and staff! It is a beautiful place to have a wedding. The food was delicious and we received several compliments. Thank you for making it a very special day for Kristin and Jason!
Our wedding was on the day of the horrible hail storm in st. louis! Larimore had dried off all the chairs for a garden wedding but when it looked like it was going to rain again at wedding time....we conveniently moved into their wedding chapel with no worries. The ceremony and reception were all the fun we had expected and more! The owner even helped to get some of us back to the Hotel at West Port when the taxi never showed up after all was over. The bad part was all the lost windshields from the hail.....but our wedding was great and one that we will remember forever !
My new wife and I found this venue and loved every bit of it. The ceremony was beautiful and our reception was a ton of fun! We even had Dippin Dots instead of cake and everyone seemed to enjoy that non-traditional bit of celebration. The staff, especially Dena the wedding coordinator, were very helpful with every need. We highly recommend this venue to any bride and groom!
We were so lucky to find this venue! This estate is set up perfectly to have both your wedding and reception at one property and we had a perfect day! While it rained all day, the day before our wedding and the morning of our wedding......it all stopped and the sun came out and we were able to have the wedding of our dreams. Dena, the wedding coordinator, also co-owns the property and does a wonderful job coordinating all the details. The reception was delicious and all our guests had a wonderful time. We would recommend this venue to any bride who wants convenience, beauty and a great price.
I had my wedding this Fall at the Larimore. If I wasn’t trying to plan for an accessible wedding for my out-of-town guests, I would have chosen another venue. It was nice that it was close to the airport, as we were out of town and trying to plan the wedding from another state. One other nice feature was the pure convenience of having our wedding and reception all at the same place.
The plantation house is beautiful from outside—which made for nice pictures. However, it is in need of a serious face-lift inside. There were outdated furnishings, dolls and old fake floral arrangements inside which made for awkward backgrounds. The temperature was also pretty warm (80 degrees) in both the house and the reception hall. Dena acted put out when my now Mother In Law asked if we could turn it down for our guests’ comfort.
As far as a wedding coordinator, Dena was very stand-off and not very personable in her overall demeanor. I primarily reached out as questions arose and found Dena to work with me on things, but only if I would pay extra. On the day of my wedding, she really didn’t approach us (except to say when we were cutting the cake) and never congratulated me during the entire event. My wedding party kept asking if she was ok or mad. I guess I’d just expect someone a bit more approachable and bubbly to work in the wedding industry. Even though there were no events before my Saturday evening wedding, she was unwilling to move the time for the rehearsal from noon on Friday to something later in the day. This posed a bit of a problem for some of the wedding party. Also, we asked to arrive an hour early and paid $200 extra for that time. As for the decoration packet, words of warning- don’t do this. At first, I thought it would make the planning easier, and once I looked at what was involved I asked to take this off our contract—primarily for the tulle backed chairs that really didn’t go with my theme at all. She charged me $150 extra dollars to take these off the chairs, even though they were included in the decorations I specifically didn’t want. These are already on the chairs, but they make you think you’re getting all of these “extra” decorations for the $600.
They also recommend using their preferred vendors. I would warn against this as well. Dena gave me a floral arrangement price list, but Jenny at Stems wanted the extra amount in another check written out to her. So, instead of getting any savings, it ends up being more of a hassle by writing two checks to Dena and the florist with no real “deal”. We also were told at the beginning of our wedding venue search that, if we had less than the 155 guests for the minimum per plate pricing, they’d offer an extra entrée option. This was another empty promise- we didn’t receive any extra selections and ended up paying more than $600 extra due to the smaller guest count yet still paying for the minimum 155 headcount.
For all of the extra nickel’ing and diming the Larimore did, we really should have looked elsewhere for someone who would be willing to work with me and make my day as stress-free as possible without all of the hassle.
Vendor response to review
Sarah....its unfortunate that you painted such a dismal picture of such a wonderful day! We do appreciate that you did bring up at least a couple of the great advantages of our venue.....convenience, accessibility and a one stop venue for both a wedding and reception! To be fair to us, through out your whole wedding & reception, you and your mother responded to us that everything was “perfect”! Your mother was so happy when we helped move all your things to the cars at the end of the night as she expressed her great appreciation, that she wanted our business cards so that she could pass them to all her friends. Sure, it would be nice if 100% of brides were appreciative of a business that provided all that was promised and more.....but there is always a .01% that are impossible to please. We wish you the best in your new marriage!
And just for the interest of any other bride who reads this review, I can briefly address her “issues”.
As far as house furnishings....this house is furnished in a Victorian style and of course....it is Supposed to look 'outdated' in coordination with its historical charm.
As far as air conditioning......we can make both of the buildings as cool as our guests want.....if there was a problem at all, it would only have been caused by doors in the house being left open by guests. We also make sure the changing suite has a fan for the bride's comfort. The reception hall is always kept at 70 degrees.
As far as the friendliness of the wedding coordinator....she is always friendly and efficient. But to be sure, we value an attention to detail and a flawless production of a wedding/reception over 'bubbliness'. While our wedding coordinator offers a high level of friendliness and congratulation to every bride, she also has to manage an incredible amount of detail and would defer to a bride's family and wedding party to provide her the emotional support she may desire.
As far as chair decorations.....not one bride has asked us to remove these beautiful sheer, toule ties on our chaivari chairs in the last 5 years.......but since this bride wanted them removed........it took someone 4 hours to carefully remove them, store them and then another 4 hrs. to reapply them after the wedding......yes, of course, there is a charge for that. Most brides realize the huge value of our Decoration Package that even includes fresh cut rose centerpiece arrangements at every table to match the brides flowers and So much more.....we are sorry if a bride doesn't realize the value of that very inexpensive option.
As far as wanting to rent our estate for extra time......yes, it is often an option that we offer for which there is a modest fee.....to expect these services at no charge is a bit ridiculous. A bride can call this 'nickel and diming', but in the end......for an elegant venue, she will have found the best value in town!
As far as the rehearsal time.....we give normal options of several different time periods. We can't always accommodate requests for unusual rehearsal times. Missing a couple of out of town guests for the rehearsal is no big deal when you have a good wedding coordinator as Larimore does!
As far as the Florist.......this bride didn't even use the Larimore florist, but we made it clear that their floral package prices were for 'normal' flowers/roses and that extravagant flowers would have up charges. Our florist spent a lot of time with this bride after this bride committed to contract with this florist......and then this bride simply took the florist's artful ideas and saved a few dollars by having some other florist create them for her. That was tacky.
As far as this bride's low guest count......we are sorry that not as many guests came as she had hoped and if we had been told earlier about the low number we could have provided some options. Since she never requested any special arrangements, we prepared food for a full 155 and gave large portions to her guests. If a bride thinks about this.....it would be impossible to get the entree choices from all her guests (if she wanted to upgrade to a 'choice of entree') when she had already collected her RSVP cards!
In conclusion....we would agree with this bride's mother and her guests that this was a spectacular event!
My husband and I had our beautiful wedding with Larimore on September 10, 2011. Take it from a bride who worried about all of the details, Larimore provided a wonderful service from start to finish. Immediately upon contacting Larimore to request more information, they answered all of my questions over the phone and scheduled a first meeting and tour for the next week. The first meeting and tour with Dena was extremely informative and we actually began contracting that day. Dena is always willing to answer questions over the phone and on email as you progress through your wedding planning. She is extremely thoughtful, efficinet, and organized. If you didn't think of it, Dena has you covered! The final detailed meeting before the rehearsal and wedding was extremely helpful as well; Dena goes out of her way to ensure the day of is stress-free by setting up the ceremony and reception for you! Dena and Allen, and their staff, are extremely knowledgeable and make planning your unique special day manageable and just what a bride hopes for. They provide a list of extremely talented and trusted house vendors and provide a detailed suggested schedule to ensure your entire ceremony nad reception runs smoothly. The site provides a beautiful dressing area and amazing grounds for preliminary pictures. The ceremony site is just stunning! They will do just about anything to ensure your ceremony is outdoors. They even take care of your guests with music, beverages and munchies while you take family and wedding party pictures. The reception is orchestrated smoothly to include all of the important details, while still leaving time to dance and mingle! The food is delicious, portions are huge, and the serving staff is friendly. The reception is elegant and timeless. For a unique and beautiful reception and ceremony, and for as much of a stress-free experience as possible, I would definitely recommend Larimore to all brides!
Deanna and Alan were absolutely wonderful to work with. They made everything so easy and the fact that it was all inclusive made the planning even easier! All they do are weddings so they have the planning process perfected and they are always one step ahead. They were especially accommodating with making sure that my meal was gluten-free and that I was able to eat and enjoy my wedding day!
Larimore House is beautiful and I am so glad we held our wedding there. Dena let us hold the ceremony outside even though the temperature was suppose to be below 60. That alone gets 5 stars because I really wanted an outdoor wedding. Everyone raved about the horse drawn carriage and the grounds. Dena also found our wedding song (my now husband had misplaced our cd last minute).
There were a few things that, while they weren't bad enough to ruin my wedding day, are things I think should be mentioned.
My girls ended up doing my bustle at the head table (my fault totally). I had no sooner sat down that the MOH and Best Man gave toasts. No one was told this was about to happen and therefore, no one had champagne poured. As we were eating, the wait staff appeared every few minutes to ask if we were done. This wasn't meant to be a race and quite a few of my guests mentioned this annoyance.
The biggest issue I had was, we cut the cake, then immediately did our dances. By the time we got back to our table and were ready for cake, it was gone! So, we paid for a cake that was thrown away. There was no announcement or anything prior to it happening.
Overall, I would recommend Larimore House. I am still sad about my cake, though.
Vendor response to review
Amy. Thank you for your mostly positive response to your event at Larimore! In response to a couple issues you raised, I can address these very minor confusions....and like I've said, since an owner is present all night at every Larimore event, bringing up a concern as it happens allows a quick resolution. 1) champagne pouring and alcohol related functions are handled by the Bar Service if requested. Most wedding parties pour their own champagne when they hear the MC mention upcoming toasts. This has never been a problem. 2) dress bustling is usually accomplished in the house or outside the door before the reception....maybe you just forgot to do this and this resulted in doing it in the reception hall? We thought that was unusual as well. Usually a bridesmaid or mother attends to this function. 3) busing tables is customary during a reception and our staff our trained to ask if people are done (if there is no fork in the hand of a guest) before removing plates....so that room can be made for cake plate. We find leaving cold, half-eaten food on plates all over the table is not classy at all. We're sorry if a few saw this as being rushed.
4) Cake is served to the head tables first and the wedding party is reminded by the DJ......we usually leave this cake on the head table for most of the night but occasionally other guests or wedding party may 'borrow' a neglected looking piece of delicious cake. To avoid anyone not getting the cake they want, we also leave plenty of extra plated cake on the cake table til the completion of the evening. If anyone asks us for cake when it has 'gone missing' from their place, we always find them another and we would have done that gladly if it had been brought to our attention.
We have heard many stories from brides about how other venues have treated brides and their guests....with lack of attention to detail, unresponsiveness, inflexibility and rudeness.....and we're confident that Larimore House continues to stand out from the crowd with our great, personalized and professional service. Scoring us 4/5 for 'responsiveness' when a complaint was never made.....and a failing 3.5/5.0 for 'quality' when your event went 99.9% as expected.....is disappointing to us.....but we're confident that other brides will notice the triviality of these complaints as compared to huge failures by a vendor. Every detail is important and that is why we work so hard to make a bride's day perfect as much as we can control and hope for only kind words as appreciation for our efforts. -----Allen and Dena
This was the most awesome experience. We could not have asked for anything more for our daughter. It truly was a fairy tale wedding. All of our guests said it was the most awesome wedding they have ever been to. I wish I had more daughters so we could do it again! Worth every dollar we spent and then more. I do not have one negative comment. Actually I do . . . it didn't last long enough! We didn't want it to end.
JUst a future bride inquiring about what this will cost. Its very beautiful but im sure expensive. PLease let me know
As parents of the bride, we wanted our daughter and our new son-in-law to have not only memories of their special day, but BEAUTIFUL memories. The Larimore House did just that. The food was not only served very warm, but there was more than a generous amount on each plate. (We even asked for a few extra garnishes in the dinner salad, and they were provided at no extra cost.) The vendors that we chose to use at the suggestion of the Larimore House were professional and easy to work with. Though we did choose a few vendors of our own, the Larimore House went out of their way to see that those vendors were given the attention and times that worked best for them.......If you are looking for elegance and comfort for you and your guest, this is the place you should highly consider........St. Louis's best kept Secret!!!
We could not have been more pleased with the wedding and reception. The house was beautiful, the grounds were exquisite with the perfect amount of fallen leaves, the appetizers and punch were a sweet touch, and the food was great. We were told by the bar service company that Peaches, the cook, was a goddess in the kitchen. This was the absolute truth! We put this wedding on with 5 months notice and used almost all of Dena's vendors. Jenni at Stems Florist was sensitive, intuitive, and an amazing artist. The cake from Wedding Wonderland made a breathtaking statement as we entered the reception hall and tasted as good as I can make (I cook and bake very well!). The ultimate show stopper was the horse drawn carriage bringing Meredith and her dad to the garden gathering -- people are still raving about the surprise and beauty.
Dena and Allen ran the wedding events with practiced ease and sensitivity -- activities hummed right along. My only regret is that it went too quickly but 10 hours would probably not have been enough time. I felt rushed but I have never done this before!
I would recommend The Larimore House to everyone who wants a special intimate event and the ultimate compliment is that Meredith LOVED her day and thought that every thing was as perfect as possible!
Carolyn Wylie, mother of the bride
This survey is so vague that it makes it difficult to respond.
The food, overall, was absolutely delicious. We have received many positive responses on the food.
The servers, however, did not serve tables in numerical order and even forgot about two tables--the groom's parents table and the mother-of-the-bride's table. Someone had to ask for food.
The servers did not pass out the dated napkins that were set out on the cake table. However, nothing these to the wedding coordinator was missed, so I am unsure if the servers were not allowed to touch them without being assigned the task.
We did not have time for a receiving line. (fyi: we booked the carriage) You may need to eat quickly or hold off on some dance time if you need to fit this in.
Vendor response to review
We're sorry, but find it confusing as to why this bride found us to be 3/5 for "flexibility" and "value". If the food was'absolutely delicious' as this bride states, certainly 3/5 for "value" is not fair.....and as far as a low score for 'flexibility'.... when (knowing this bride wanted to be outside), we set up the whole outdoor garden area with chairs and decorations so that She could decide whether to be outside or inside on this cold wedding day. This bride then opted to be Inside, in the chapel which we had also prepared for her use. You will never find such flexibility anywhere, I assure you. We are also sorry that this bride didn't bring up any of these seemingly minor issues with us during this event, since both owners were present the whole time. When you opt for 'choice of entre' without having place cards at each guests plate, sometime you have to jump around a bit in order to get all the food served quickly....but we always want to improve and this input would have been better served if given to us directly. The small paper napkins remained on the cake table where they were arranged by this bride's family, and were available to guests who came to the table. Since our tables are already set with white, cloth napkins....certainly any special requests as to the napkin placement should have been made to the wedding coordinator. At Larimore, we find it to be more time efficient if we replace the long receiving line with a more personal visit by the bride and groom at each table as dinner is being completed.
Guests enjoy this much better than standing in a line, this also helps us increase our time for dancing and the post-dinner celebration.
We do appreciate the kind words about other aspects of this wedding day and this bride can be assured that she received the same great service that all Larimore brides expect. (note the comments by the bride's mom on the day following this event, by Carolyn).
I was incredibly pleased with Larimore House. Level of service was just superb--they even took our plates away and warmed them up while we were shmoozing with our guests so we didn't have cold dinners :) Very accommodating, lovely venue, and excellent food. Megan was a great coordinator and Allen and Dena were SO on top of things. Just excellent. I felt like once I booked them, all I had to do was relax. I wanted an all-inclusive venue--didn't want to find linens, then chairs, then food, etc, because my husband was deployed at the time. They were very understanding and helpful. And, best of all--there were some things I really wanted to do. We had centerpieces, florals, favors, etc, all brought in (some DIY), and they were very cool about that. Some places I spoke to would get very annoyed if you didn't use "their" vendors or purchase the extra add-ons--not these guys!
Dena & Allen Bovey are amazing!! I know to some venue shoppers Larimores price tag might look a bit high but if you break down what all your getting your actually saving money. I think it is worth triple the amount they ask for. The house is stunning and Dena is there to make sure your big day is stress free! The staff is wonderful and the vendors are the top of the line.
When we arrived at the house yesterday I couldn't believe how stunning everything was, and another perk, I didn't have to fuss with any of it. Dena and her staff had all the decorations done and my favors & menu cards in place. While my family and friends mingled and my bridal party helped me stay calm Dena and her team, like little wedding fairies, worked to make sure everything was perfect. I am still in awe at how amazing it all was. Oh and the food!! I watched guests that are the pickiest eaters devour dinner within seconds of it being served. Thanks Peaches:). We didn't have to worry about the little details, and when it was time to go the staff had all of our stuff ready to go. It was also nice not to have to worry about the clean up. I heard out of all the weddings my guest have been to, our wedding at Larimore was the best. They loved the carriage!
A huge thank you to Dena & Allen and the entire Larimore staff for making our wedding dreams come true.
Phil & Brandy
The Larimore House Plantation is absolutely breath taking! We had an outdoor wedding and the grounds were beautifully manicured and so pretty. They have an available indoor facility (church-like) if the weather is poor or if you prefer an indoor wedding. They also have a very elegant banquet room for your reception. And the best part about this vendor is that everything is included in the price. They do so many weddings that they have specific vendors that they work with and are able to get wholesale prices. The decorations for the ceremony and reception, the catering, the cake, the flowers, the DJ, and your very own horse drawn carriage to ride in on and away with your new husband. All we had to do was go to the flower and cake vendor and tell them what we wanted. We didn't have to deal with dates, prices, or how to get everything to the wedding. That was all taken care of for us. We just told them what we wanted and that was it! The catering was done by The Larimore House and we were able to sample the food prior to our wedding. We planned our wedding from Seattle, WA and it was the easiest and most stress free event to plan. They also provided you with a wedding coordinator to make sure you got everything done and the ceremony ran smoothly and the way you wanted.
The vendors they work with are:
Wedding Cakes - Wedding Wonderland Wedding Cakes
Florist - W.W. Florist
DJ Service - All About Music
Horse Drawn Carriage Ride - St. Louis Carriage Company
We are proud to endorse Alan & Dena, and the Larimore House Plantation event staff. The grounds are beautiful and offer an amazing Garden Wedding setting. It is such a relaxing location, all the staff's efforts and attention to detail are focused on just your event!
All of us at the Larimore House are ready to make your special day filled with memories and treasured moments.
A few important features of the Larimore House are:
Your Wedding and Reception or Reception has sole use of 6 acres of estate grounds, historic mansion and elegant banquet facility.
Garden Wedding Ceremonies feature the Marble Gazebo as a dazzling centerpiece, seating for up to 250 guests, and an outdoor sound system for soloists, musicians, etc.
In case of inclement weather, your ceremony can be conveniently moved to our Indoor Chapel.
Your reception banquet is elaborately prepared on-site and served hot and fresh. You can pick from several menu packages, to meet your needs and tastes.
Photographic opportunities are around every corner at the Larimore House.
We hear bridal couples and photographers rave about the Larimore House picturesque backdrops around our estate: from the romantic tree swing, to the manicured outdoor gardens and fountains, to the Victorian dressing rooms, vintage parlor and sitting room, sweeping rounded staircase, and ornate mirrors and furnishings.